Sunday, June 22, 2008
That's one of the least offensive pieces of farfetched action in the (red-band) trailer for this movie. I haven't read the comic this is based on so as far as I know this is the real world, the characters are real people and they're driving real cars. They're not in the Matrix (at least not that I'm aware of) so we're expected to believe these things based on the setting they take place in. In the Matrix (the first film), the world was set up to allow for lots of scenarios that would be impossible in a normal setting; and the movie worked because of that.
During this trailer I couldn't help but shake my head and say wha-wha-whaaat?? I'm all for pushing the bounds of what viewers (myself included) are willing to believe in movies, but some of the things in this trailer go so far beyond the realm of possibility, that it's just silly.
But isn't silly, ridiculous action good? Well, in certain cases yes, but not if you want the movie or its characters to stay with viewers any longer than the end credits.
The events that occur in a film/comic/etc HAVE to be believable within the context of the world that was set up for them in order for us to care. Otherwise, you have characters that are unstoppable, can do anything, and run no risk of injury; without that there's no threat. Without the threat there's no conflict. Without conflict there's no story.
Rejected titles for this post were "Nuking the Fridge" and "It Falls Three Times".